The Agony of Rejection, and Picking Oneself Up

I know the writers whose books I buy had a ton of rejections before anyone offered them agent representation or a publishing contract.

I know this. It still sucks.

Today I got another one, from an agent I had allowed myself a glimmer of hope for.  Ah well.

Man, it stings. I can’t help but look at myself and say “Dude, you went to VP.  And for two years since then it’s all rejections.  You suck.” But I know that guy.  He’s the same stupid bastard who’s been shit-talking me since I was a kid.

He’s an asshole.  And he’s also an idiot.  Because I still have options.

It’s time to look over this query, polish the pages and synopsis, and keep going.

I don’t have nearly enough rejections to quit now.

VP Directory Project

Fellow VPers! Some have expressed interest in a VP Alumni Directory. In an attempt to get that started, I’ve created a Google Form to collect data.

Required fields are Name, VP year, City, State, and Email. I didn’t think it was useful to let those be optional, though if people have an issue with that I can change it. Phone number is entirely optional (I didn’t put mine in).

The downside of this form is that it’s open to anyone with the link, but there’s just no way to control for that without requiring people to sign in to Google. I felt this way works.

Right now only I can see the results; my plan is to compile the information into a directory available only to VP Alums and Staff. If enough people would prefer the underlying spreadsheet be available I can do that, too.

If you have any suggestions or critique re: information sought, please do talk to me.

The form can be found at the end of this link.